How to prepare for the board exams


How to prepare for the board exams: Tips for English XII

Usually students take English for granted and feel they do not require revising it. However, English needs as much revision and practice as other subjects if you wish to score well.First of all, you should read the texts intensively and understand the lessons thoroughly. Then you must practise reading and writing skills. Read newspapers and be updated with what is happening around you for any article, speech or letter that you would be asked to write will be connected with contemporary issues. Focus on the fundamentals and learn how to attempt various sections of the paper — passage reading, literature, long-answer questions and the like. One has to read more than once to comprehend the gist of the passage correctly, and this comes only through practice. It's important to read questions properly. Keep yourself updated on the recent developments through newspapers and news channels. Question papers have passages from current affairs, so keep yourself abreast of the recent developments. This will help in understanding the issue presented in the passage, and your answers will have depth, too. For literature, one has to do thorough reading. And while attempting long answer questions, the value points must be underlined. For poetry, each sentence can be a question in itself, so a thorough understanding is necessary. For reading, comprehension passages should be given a quick reading before scanning for the answers to questions following the passage. The second reading passage is for note making. Here the passage must be read twice. The first time you read, try to figure out the central idea of the passage and in the second reading you will be able to identify all those main ideas that build the central idea. The notes should be only in point form and make sure you indent the notes as well as number the points correctly. The notes should be expanded into a summary. This should be in one paragraph only. Coming to writing skills, you should be aware of the formats for all the various writing skills you have in your course. It won't be a bad idea, if you plan your article/speech etc in rough before you begin writing. Then your thoughts would be more organised and coherent. Also work on your presentation skills to improve your chances of getting high marks. "Presentation matters in literature apart from the language. For students with Functional English, they must also practice grammar especially framing questions because most students commit errors in writing accurately structured questions. Usually students tend to answer questions they know well first and gradually work through those they are not so sure of. However I suggest that you attempt the paper in the given serial order since the reading and writing sections take maximum time. Good luck with the boards.

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